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Would you like a side of fries with that headliner?

By  Don Loepp    |    June 11, 2014 9:08 am ET    |   Comments

The food jokes almost write themselves when it comes to the news that Ford Motor Co. is working with H.J. Heinz Co. to develop a bioplastic made from tomato fiber for use in automotive applications.

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Another issue for the industry: Plastic garbage turning into rocks

By  Don Loepp    |    June 10, 2014 10:16 am ET    |   Comments

You remember the types of rocks from geology class, right? Igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic ... and plastiglomerates.

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How hot is 3-D printing? Hot enough to get Wal-Mart's attention.

June 2, 2014 12:45 pm ET    |   Comments

You know you've reached a level of public acceptance of new technology when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. gets involved.


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Good news! Annoying caxirola banned from World Cup venues

By  Don Loepp    |    May 29, 2014 4:12 pm ET    |   Comments

Last year I wrote about how FIFA and Brazil's Ministry of Sport introduced the caxirola, a toy made from recycled plastic that rattles and can be banged together.

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Share your thoughts on reshoring and sustainability

By  Don Loepp    |    May 27, 2014 1:01 pm ET    |   Comments

No one ever asks your opinion about anything, right? Nielsen doesn't care what TV shows you watch. Gallup never asks who you plan to vote for. At home, even your dog walks away when you try to have a conversation.

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What if we stopped using plastics? It would be an environmental nightmare

By  Don Loepp    |    May 23, 2014 12:28 pm ET    |   Comments

ABC News Now did a short but fantastic report on plastics and the environment that Plastics Blog readers should watch. Dan Kloeffler hosts the report, "What If We Stopped Using Plastic?"

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At least the definition of 'fracking' won't be the subject of debate

May 20, 2014 12:00 pm ET    |   Comments

Fracking joined more than 100 other words added to “Miriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary” for its 2014 edition as the dictionary's editors update the publication to keep up with the ever-evolving English language.


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A peek behind Plastics News' 2014 plastics recyclers ranking

By  Don Loepp    |    May 19, 2014 9:59 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics News published our annual ranking of North American recyclers in the May 19 issue, so let's take the opportunity to look at the numbers behind the ranking.

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Vietnam's riots a tragedy for the world

By  Nina Ying Sun    |    May 16, 2014 9:37 am ET    |   Comments

What happened in Vietnam last week was a tragedy.

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Don't call it Styrofoam ... let's call it Airpop

By  Don Loepp    |    May 12, 2014 2:48 pm ET    |   Comments

For years, we've lived with North American misuse of the word Styrofoam. But instead of correcting people, maybe the real solution is to give them a better name for the product.

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